News Tagged 'Freeware'

Tackley TV!

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IMG_1690Tackley CE Primary School have started the New Year by unveiling their new entrance area digital display screen.

Stephen oversaw the project from start to finish for the school and ordered a Panasonic TX-P50X50B 50-inch Widescreen HD Ready Plasma TV combined with Zotac ZBOXSD-ID12-B ZBOX Mini Barebones PC Dual Core DDR3.

The ZBOX enables the TV to act as a computer display and teachers can access the TV remotely ...

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Motion Artist

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A screen shot from the Motion Artist website

If you are looking for a free comic program during the summer then take a look at Motion Artist. It is in Beta, so still being tested, hence free and it can be downloaded from:

http://motionartist.smithmicro.com/.

It looks great and there are videos to explain how it all works. These could be used with pupils as well.

Why not put ...

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Pivot Gymnastics!

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We like to celebrate some of the curriculum work we do in Oxfordshire primary schools. Stonesfield Primary School have a particular focus on developing animation skills in the KS2 curriculum.

Pivot is an excellent piece of freeware for pupils to start on and below is some Y4 examples where pupils were asked to focus on the movement of the Pivot characters.

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Wordsmyth Dictionary Widget

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Wordsmyth is a very useful on-line dictionary and thesaurus widget which is freely available to download and easy to use in the primary school classroom.

It is used from the bookmark bar of your internet browser so can be downloaded onto any device that connects to the internet (i.e. phones, iPod Touches, netbooks, laptops and PCs). After an introduction on school computers, why not encourage pupils to make use of Wordsmyth on their own devices at home?

To download:

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Video Conferencing with Skype

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At one time, video conferencing (VC) needed expensive equipment, a discrete phone line and a lot of patience to set up. These days many teachers will be using Skype to get a similar service.

Skype is an ideal free application that could be used for a very simple video conferencing in your primary school. Facebook and Google offer this facility and it can be done using smart phones, iPad2, The iPod Touch ...

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